As I write, we’re watching the Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Sissel. Sissel, of course, is the Norwegian sensation whose credits include the haunting soundtrack for Titanic. She’s amazing in tonight’s beautiful performance. Not only is her singing marvelous, but the readings she does, mainly from the scriptures, are read with such beauty, joy, and conviction that I can’t help but believe that she also believes these things and celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ as her Savior and King. If so, that’s tremendous.
Family members tonight are commenting on the beautiful dance blended with music, and the diverse cultural elements of many recent Church-sponsored performances such as tonight’s masterpiece. So much of what we’re seeing seems to show the touch of President Hinckley, a truly progressive leader whose appreciation of media and the arts has done much to invigorate culture in the Church and to add vitality and interest to Church productions. Even the classy outfits of the Tabernacle Choir, compared to the dullsville robes from past days, seem to reflect his touch.
Will these media-savvy and pro-cultural touches remain in place for years to come? I sure hope so. This is a wonderful era for the Church, and a wonderful time to enjoy the many wholesome opportunities that the Church provides for us and the world. And it seems like a great time for Mormons who love the arts.
And yes, right now is the most wonderful time of the year, the time we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ (even if we do think it was actually in April, not December). Merry Christmas, everyone!